Engage with one another, develop knowledge and skills, share expertise, and contribute to our community.


David Kading


David is an experienced facilitator, consultant, and coach with nearly a decade of experience in team and leadership development. He currently works as a Senior OD Consultant at REI Systems, where he has the privilege of partnering with NASA in support of strategy, organization development, and as an executive coach.

David is skilled at bridging theory and practice within his work and blending experiential learning with data to achieve strong outcomes.  Read More

Elizabeth Scott, PhD

 Past President

Elizabeth Scott, PhD is an organizational development consultant and founder of Brighter Strategies, LLC; building empowered organizations through the pursuit of best practices and continuous improvement initiatives.

Dr. Scott’s firm utilizes a three-dimensional approach that focuses on your people, processes and overall performance. 

Dr. Scott has provided training and consulting services.  Read More

Melissa George Kessler


Melissa’s work focuses on strategy and organization effectiveness, drawing on her extensive background in communications, policy and agriculture. She works as a consultant and executive coach through her independent practice, Organizations + Communications, and with partner firms. 

As a builder of relationships, ideas and operations, she thrives in helping those she works with get things done efficiently in complex environments and with diverse and competitive stakeholders. Read More

Jennifer Manise

Board Member

Jennifer Manise became the Executive Director for the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding in February of 2010. 

Jennifer has experience in philanthropy, executive nonprofit leadership, creating thriving boards, and pre-K-20 education policy and partnerships.  She serves on multiple non-profit boards and is interested in helping organizations lead with dignity and respect for all they employ and serve.  Read More

Judy Rodgers

Board Member

Judy is an executive and resilient leadership coach, organization consultant, and facilitator who brings a deep mindset of innovative thinking and practical approaches to leaders and organizations who want to succeed and thrive in the face of constant turbulence and change.

Judy works with leaders and teams to increase awareness, breakthrough barriers, envision possibilities, navigate change, and accomplish significant and challenging goals.

Marc Stoecker

Board Member

Marc is a senior trainer with 20+ years of training experience. Marc is a certified professional Co-Active Coach through CTI (Coaches Training Institute), a certified Positive Intelligence Coach and is ICF accredited. He also serves on the CBODN Board, co-leads the Coaching Community of Practice, and is lead for the Coaching Partnership Committee. 

Marc offers business and life coaching services, and co-designs and develops soft skills, branding, coaching workshops and curriculum solutions. Read More

Vanessa Viviano (she/her)

Board Member

Vanessa is a passionate people-focused leader who aims to empower others to grow and develop to achieve their goals.  

As an experienced facilitator, Vanessa collaborates with organizations and leaders to identify the areas of opportunity and partner together to develop a solution.

Vanessa's certifications include ATD’s DEI in Talent Development, Insights Discovery’s Client Practitioner, ProsciĀ® Certified Change Practitioner, and is working on her ICF ACC Coaching Accreditation..

Abigail Toner

Board Member

Abigail is an OD professional with over 23 years of experience in the areas of human capital and organization development (OD) consulting. She started her career in boutique and leading consulting firms in the DC area -- focused on private industry and the US Federal government in both civilian and military agencies.

Abigail consults across industries, functions, countries and cultures and her biggest driver is helping individuals, teams and organizations clear a path towards greater performance and success. Read More

Michele Levy, MSOD, MSW

Board Member

Michele (she/her) is a Baltimore-based organization development consultant driven by a passion for helping organizations boldly live out their values. She integrates a commitment to social and racial justice with a warm, direct, and action-oriented approach.

Michelle partners with agencies around DEIJ and race equity, strategic planning, change processes, leadership development, team building, and goals and values clarification.  Read More

Sandra Jamshidi

Board Member

Sandra is an experienced leader committed to leadership and team development and in helping organizations create environments where employees succeed and thrive. Following a highly successful career as a US Naval Officer, often on the leading edge of change, Sandra was led to OD by a firm belief that everyone deserves to work for good leaders. Contacts at Georgetown University, Institute for Transformational Leadership brought Sandra to the CBODN, where she connected to George Mason University's ODKM Master's Program. 

Our Story

40 years of community building…..

The Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN) emerged from a 1984 national Organization Development Network conference held in the Washington, DC metro area. CBODN founders were energized by their role in hosting the conference and committed to building a network that spans the communities around the Chesapeake Bay area, including Baltimore, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia. We are honored that 40 years later we can help to carry forward the tradition for the next generation of OD practitioners. CBODN has the advantage of a unique and valuable combination of resources in the DC metro area: premier graduate OD programs whose faculty and students keep their fingers on the pulse of our field; a vast system of federal government agencies and related subcontracting, lobbying and other supporting organizations; headquarters to many corporations, associations and nonprofits; a hub of world-renowned OD consultants; and a global, diverse, highly educated population that benefits from the visibility of being in our nation’s capital. This rich, dynamic milieu has fostered the study, teaching and practice of OD in a spectacular way. CBODN is proud to hold the sole distinction of having twice received the Outstanding Regional OD Network Award from the OD Network. 

Our history continues with you. Be a part of our next chapter: Join now!

CBODN Founders
CBODN Presidents
Ralph Bales David Kading2023  
Kari Fisher-Uman Elizabeth Scott2021  2023
Denny Gallager Chris Swisher2018  2021
Jane Gouveio Lynn Orosco2016  2018
Paul Hottle
Rick Collier 2015 – 2016
Gail Hughes
Deanna Larsen 2014 – 2015
Bob Marshak
Jessica Zucal 2013 – 2014
Nedra Weinstein
Jill Hinson 2012 – 2013

Phil Nimtz 2011 – 2012

Everett Marshall 2010 – 2011

Kathryn Gaines 2009 – 2010

Michelle Poche Flaherty 2008 – 2009

Laura Gramling 2007 – 2008

Laura Gramling 2006 – 2007

Mike Fandey 2005 – 2006

Laurie Reuben 2004 – 2005

Patricia Divecchio And Todd Erickson 2003 – 2004

James Alexander 2002 – 2003

Sharan Newman 2001 – 2002

Linda Smith 2000 – 2001

John McCall 1999 – 2000

Myrna Beol 1998

Betsy Hosteller 1997

Diane Hetherington 1996

Judy Lewis 1995

Sheila Haji 1994

Brenda Jones 1993

Peter Narlin 1992

Judith Leibowitz 1991

Judy Vogel 1989 – 1990

Nedra Weinstein 1988 – 1989

John Shannon 1987 – 1988

Ralph Bates 1985 – 1987

Note: from 1991 through 1998, CBODN operated on a calendar year.

From 1984 through 1990 and again beginning in 1999, CBODN has operated on a fiscal year of July 1 – June 30.

Who We Are

Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN) is the premier DC Metro area network for organization development (OD) practitioners. Founded in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, our name pays homage to those elders who made vital contributions to the field of OD.


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